Therapy for children is different from therapy for adults in that a child is less likely to talk about his or her problems. Parents are usually well aware that their son or daughter is struggling and they want to help their child.
Dr. Wuts has a strong interest in working with children and their parents. She believes that parents need support when their child is not developing as expected - families can end up in a spiral of distress, exhaustion, and despair due to the many demands in their life. Interventions at an early stage may help restore balance into the family's life.
Children express themselves through play and learn about the world by working through their experience in their play activities. Therapy with young children (age 0-5) typically involves a variety of play approaches, such as watch-wait-wonder and non-directive play therapy. Puppets, toy animals, dolls, games, story books, and art work can be used to help the child express his or her struggles and work on these problems. Parents play a crucial role in the therapy of their child. Depending on the age of the child, the parent may be present for most or part of each session. School age children may require the therapist to make a visit to the school to observe the child in his or her school environment. Since school age children spend most of their day in a school setting, it is important to see the child in his or her daily environment and observe the time they spend with same age peers.